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The santamaria1village of Sella In the Aitana Mountain range of Alicante, Spain

The Santamaria Baker’s on Jesus Street – excellent fresh bread, made every day in a traditional wood-fired oven.
Maria Amparo is very friendly and helpful – ask for the ” Coca de almendra! ( almond cake) – it’s lovely!

pacoandamparo252highPaco’s bar, in the Plaza Mayor ( main square)  – where Amparo will look after you and see you are well-fed with tapas. Ask for ” Espardenya” ( hake in batter) or ” Patatas Bravas” ( spicy potatos)  or “Calamares” (squid rings) It’s all simple stuff but beautifully prepared.

The other bars in town: The Casino, in the Plaza – excellent food and great steaks! the Ferrería down on the main road – good tapas, good atmosphere, Juan, the young proprietor is a dedicated Barcelona FC supporter, so it’s the best place to watch football…

María’s Bar, over the road, a fabulous terrace and the best place for paellas. Next door is Mercedes’ Fonda Bar, long-time favourite of the Dutch and Belgians who come up from the coast. Up at the swimming pool,  another Paco runs a great bar, Bar Piscina,  with excellent tapas – on a sunny day, the best place for a beer out on the terrace in the shadow of Sella’s mountains.

The village also has two banks  and two ATM cash machines, a chemists and two general stores / butcher’s.

There’s a bus once  a day down to our seaside town of Villajoiosa and a daily doctor’s surgery.

More about Sella here.